A non-league footballer has been handed a five-match ban by The Football Association after being found guilty of calling a Jewish opposition player a “f*****g Jew”.
Scott Shulton, who plays for sixth-tier side Hemel Hempstead in the National League South, was racially abused by a former teammate when playing at Braintree Town in January. In addition to his match ban, the accused was also fined £300, an additional £100 in costs, and will have to attend an education course.
Shulton said: “It’s been a long process but I felt it was so important to stand up to it, not only for myself but for others who have experienced or who will encounter it. I’m really pleased with the final hearing from The FA, we achieved a great outcome.
“No one should be subject to that in any walk of life. It happened six months ago and was a long process, but I had to stick by it and am happy with the result. I couldn’t talk about it at the time, and at times people felt it had been swept under the carpet, but that was never the issue. There was a lot of work involved with Kick It Out and the FA hired me a great barrister.
“For me it wasn’t about the punishment he received, but rather the fact that it was proven he did say that.”